4/29/2008

I Don't Usually Rant About Stuff...

...but I don't feel like I can hold it back any longer. Let just me say, I have seen a lot of shit T.V. in my day - some of the worst shit out there - and few programs can compare to the crap-hackery of "Deal Or No Deal". It is so fucking bad. It reminds me of the type of show they'd put in '80s movies as a caricature of what the future of T.V. might look like as it continues to sink to it's lowest, dumbest, basest levels possible. Kind of like in "RoboCop" with the "I'd Buy That For A Dollar!" show or with Richard Dawson's show in "Running Man".

First of all, it's on all the fucking time. I happened upon it last night. I usually avoid it, but I was flipping around and saw the models dressed in the Princess Leia gold bikini, so I watched for a while. What's so annoying about it is that they treat it as if there's a lot of complexity to it, explaining the situation and the contestant's options every fucking time the guy picks a box. And that's all it is. Picking numbers. If you can count to 25 and have even a vague sense of probability and odds, you can go on the show, expend minimal mental energy, and walk out with more money than you had going in. I don't have any problem with people making easy money. I do have a problem with how this show insults our collective intelligence. If you took away all the deliberating and conferring and explaining and re-explaining and asking the models to "help them out", as if they have any control over what's in their box, you'd have something that could essentially be done in two minutes. It's a big fucking sham.

If you need any more convincing this show is an embarrassment, Dubya was on the fucking thing.

12 comments:

clare said...

I heartily agree with your hate. I hate the way the contestants are encouraged to vacillate and freak out over the smallest decision. It's not entertaining to watch silly people worry about nothing and fail to solve interesting problems. And wtf with the Star Wars thing? Thanks for cheapening it more, Lucas, you gigantic whore.

SkylersDad said...

Wouldn't it be fun to go on the show and blow their whole premi by choosing numbers really fast and not fretting over it?

But then they probably wouldn't air the show.

When "Who wants to be a millionaire" was hot, I always wanted someone to just pick up and leave when they got just a couple of hundred dollars...

Falwless said...

hahaha. You should rant more often.

GETkristiLOVE said...

I felt the exact same way. I watched it one time and kept waiting for a trivia question or something... I was like, "Is that it? They just pick numbers?" Don't know why the show is even still on.

Distributorcap said...

and starting in september -- D or ND goes into syndication -- meaning the fun will be on EVERY DAY for an hour.

it is truly one of the more idiotic shows ever --- American Idol is actually better, and that is saying a lot

you must have to take a non-intelligence test to get on the show

Dave said...

"collective intelligence"?

I think that you over estimate the average American.

I picture a lot of people living in double-wides with very little access to libraries and no cable t.v.

Crystal meth and Deal-or-no-deal.
That's about it.

'Bubbles' said...

I was thinking like Dave, then I started to get depressed and decided I like denial better!

You know what I hate about the show. Howie Mandel. His face and voice make me want to barf. When I see his ugly mug on the screen the Things know that they have to just keep on surfing.

A show my kids love is Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader. I only let it stay on because I can prove to my kids that I *am* smarter than a fifth grader (once again!) However, I am so SICKENED by the stupid people. Ugh. Where do they find these people and why aren't they embarrassed to be on TV being that stupid???

Geo said...

I thought so too, and blogged about it similarly here: http://saysogeo.blogspot.com/2006/11/no-deal-please.html

That said, it's kind of grown on me. Might be similar to a fungus, but still. Rather than send me over the edge, I've come to grips with it's random nothingness and found it to be a harmless timefiller. Suitable for background noise while you're cooking; that sort of thing.

And I have to say, I enjoyed the Star Wars one. It was completely goofy, but also oddball fun – people asking Chewbacca which number is better and that sort of thing.

duros62 said...

Crystal meth and Deal-or-no-deal.
That's about it.


I just thinking that same thing. It's Keno for meth heads.

Flannery Alden said...

"If you took away all the deliberating and conferring and explaining and re-explaining and asking the models to "help them out", as if they have any control over what's in their box, you'd have something that could essentially be done in two minutes. It's a big fucking sham.

Hee! I'm twelve...

Grant Miller said...

Never seen it. Don't plan to either. I'll take your word for it.

Micgar said...

I have always thought it seemed like a dumb show-I haven't been able to watch much of it-it's too dull to keep my attention. I usually enjoy some game shows-like Who Wants to BAM? maybe even Jeopardy or "thinking" game shows like that, but this show seems dumb.